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Music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, & Traditional - Week of July 15, 2019

Nationally known artists visit Kerrytown Concert House, other clubs, and campus venues, crowning a flourishing nightlife scene. Home to considerable local talent, Ann Arbor's also a stop for up-and-comers on the college circuit. Note: Most bands in this category are listed in Nightspots.

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July 2019
 5-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Townie Street Party: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

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Dance party with live music by the local classic rock, Motown, and R&B trio The Morris/Murphy Project (5:30 p.m.), the Brighton bluesy, funky folk-rock duo the ,b>Syd Burnham Band (6:20 p.m.), and the popular local singer-guitarist Laith Al-Saadi (7:30 p.m.). Also, a youth art fair, with some 40 local kids in grades 4-12 showing and selling their art under a big tent, a family-oriented art activity zone, information about community organizations, "The Terrace" ($50), a VIP area with refreshments and premium seating, and "The Ann Arbor Mile: Dart for Art" 1-mile race (6 p.m.; $25 in advance by 10 a.m. July 15 at; $30 at the race; $10 for kids age 15 & under). Food available. Note: Despite the name, the party is open to everyone regardless of townie status.
5-9:30 p.m., North University between Thayer & Fletcher and Ingalls Mall. Free. 994-5260.

 7-10 p.m. 

Jazz with Keller/Kocher Quintet every Monday.

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Ann Arbor Jazz Heroes bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet featuring pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez as they perform straight-ahead, energetic and entertaining swinging jazz every Monday throughout the summer at Zal Gaz Grotto from 7-10 PM.
The KKQ is happy to accommodate swing dancers with danceable jazz tempos, lots of melody and big beat. The KKQ also tips its hat to their muses George Shearing, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonable priced. Air-conditioning. No steps, Plenty of safe, free parking. 18 and under enter free of charge.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-2102. [map]



July 2019
 4-7 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. With kids activities and live music 5-7 p.m. Also, farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. Aug. 6: Local Latin jazz trio Bop Dragons. Aug. 13: Local folk-blues-rock duo Bohemian Ru'sters. Aug. 20: Soul-inflected pop-folk trio PATH. Aug. 27: Rock, blues, alt-country, and R&B by local cover band The Randaliers.Sept. 3: Local eclectic singer-songwriter Tim Berla. Sept. 10: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo. Sept. 17: Local Americana singer-songwriter Jake Arthur. Sept. 24: Local folk-rock and Americana guitarist Chuck Swanagon.
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Music of John Williams": Dexter District Library.

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Percussionist Paul Demick performs marimba works by this composer who wrote music for Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Hook, and other films. Demick also discusses the history of the marimba.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]



July 2019
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed. (July) & every Mon. (Aug.) Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30- 10 p.m., location TBA via Free. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed. June 19-July 24. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 83-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.

June 19: "On the March." With marches by Sousa, Mancini, Leroy Anderson, and 19th-century Czech military band conductor Julius Fucik, aka "the Bohemian Sousa." 8 p.m.

June 26: "Around the Band." Various band instruments are spotlighted performing songs composed especially for them. 8 p.m.

July 3: "American Celebration." Program of patriotic tunes. 8 p.m.

July 10: "Children's Concert." A program of music picked for kid appeal, including the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear). 8 p.m.

July 17: "Let's Fall in Love." A program of love songs, including tunes from Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story.

July 24: "Pop Icons." Musical tribute to Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Motown.
8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.



July 2019
 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 18-21. Live music and other performances on 2 stages. Today:

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage: teen folk-pop singer-songwriter Kira Grace (11 a.m.), Commerce (MI) pop-rock singer-songwriter Rob Norum (1 p.m.), local pop and folk-rock singer-songwriter Carly Keyes (2 p.m.), veteran Saginaw singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Hausler (3 p.m.), Northville singer-songwriter Carly Bins (4 p.m.), engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Timothy Monger (5 p.m.), and local country-flavored pop singer-songwriter Camila Ballario (6 p.m.).

The Ark Stage (Palio parking lot at William & Main): "The Ark Open Stage" (6-9 p.m.). All musicians invited to perform for 8 minutes or 2 songs (whichever comes first). Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. Emcee is 107.1 DJ John Bommarito.

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., downtown. Free.

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. except July 4. Outdoor concerts. July 11: Folk & bluegrass by The Raisin Pickers. July 18: Jazz, funk, & pop by The MotorCity3. July 25: Pop & jazz standards by the Jake Reichbart Trio.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic with Jake Maltby": Unity Vibration.

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Come one, come all and share your gifts with us. Sing, strum, dance, tell a joke or juggle, we will cheer and you will shine at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room! Your MC for the evening will be Mr. Jake Maltby. As an added bonus we will be serving up $5 pints all night long!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 13-Aug. 22. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities. Outdoor seating at some restaurants.

June 13: the jam rock & funk band Pajamas.

June 20: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

June 27: Elvis tribute band The Memphis Thrillbillies.

July 11: Chelsea bluegrass and related roots music trio Thunderwüde.

July 18: Lake Orion experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble Frontier Ruckus.

July 25: Brighton alt-rock band Young Pioneer.

Aug. 1: New Jersey alternative indie rock quartet Wyland.

Aug. 8: Ypsilanti pop-folk band Matt Jones & the Reconstruction.

Aug. 15: popular teen folk ensemble the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 22: Classic 30s songs by the Saline Big Band and the Depot Town Big Band.

7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Racine/Bowen/Deas/Reid Quartet.

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Joyful music making from the Racine/Bowen/Deas/Reid Quartet featuring originals and music from the book of the late great Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Personnel: Ingrid Racine (trumpet), Max Bowen (guitar), Josef Deas (bass) and Everett Reid (drums).
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 904-9402. [map]



July 2019
 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 18-21. Live music and other performances on 2 stages. Today:

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage: Fraser (MI) soul-jazz acoustic duo After Blue (11 a.m.), local electronic musician Ki5 (noon), Pure Existence Dance choreographer Jodie Randolph (2 p.m.), Detroit activist reggae-rock trio Agenda 21 (3 p.m.), pop singer-songwriter Elena Hirsch (4 p.m.), Detroit-area blues-country-pop duo the Keynote Sisters (5 p.m.), Detroit-area singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme (6 p.m.).

The Ark Stage (Palio parking lot at William & Main):Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood (4:30 p.m.), Boston folk trio Lula Wiles (6 p.m.), and Nashville-based foot-stompin' rock and roots music band Smooth Hound Smith (7:30 p.m.).

11 a.m.-8 p.m., downtown. Free.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except July 5 & Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.

June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 21: Local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies.

June 28: The Jazz Bums. Dexter jazz sextet whose repertoire includes covers of Coltrane, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.

July 5: Popular, nationally-known acoustic duo Gemini.

July 12: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

July 19: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

July 26: Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band Surf Zup.

Aug. 2: Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones.

Aug. 16: Members of the Dexter Community Orchestra perform as the Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.

Aug. 23: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.

 7 p.m. 

Towner EP Release with ZZVava and Apollos Din: LoFi.

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Local band Towner releases first EP with friends, ZZvava and Apollos Din.
Starts at 7pm
LoFi, 220 South Main St. $5. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music, Wayward Mission: Unity Vibration.

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The musicians that would eventually form Wayward Mission started as the brain child of Tim Dziekan (previously of Ragbirds). In the summer of 2016. Tim wanted an informal jam session and invited anyone that wanted to come out to join him at the pavilion in Lillie Park to jam on old timey bluegrass tunes. Various musicians would drop by, but a core group began to coalesce, which included Nick Raeon on banjo, Mike Coapman on fiddle, John Yax on mandolin, and Tim Dziekan on guitar. This group began to form arrangements on mostly traditional bluegrass tunes, but also ventured into playing modern rock songs with bluegrass arrangements.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]



July 2019
 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 18-21. Live music and other performances on 2 stages. Today:

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage: local pianist Mike Gatien (11 a.m.), Detroit pianist Mike Rupprecht (noon), dance by the Warehouse Cloggers (1 p.m.), acoustic duo Cosmic (2 p.m.), Wyandotte (MI) indie folk-rock band Paper Bags (3 p.m.), Polynesian dance troupe Na Wahine O Ke Anuenue (4 p.m.), Dexter straight-ahead jazz band The Jazz Bums (5 p.m.), and Detroit singer-songwriter Anthony Retka (6 p.m.).

The Ark Stage (Palio parking lot at William & Main):Nashville-based folk duo Freddy & Francine (4:30 p.m.), Maine pop-folk duo the Oshima Brothers (6 p.m.), and longtime popular local bluegrass band The RFD Boys (7:30 p.m.).

11 a.m.-8 p.m., downtown. Free.

 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

Broken Branch Breakdown 2019.

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Daylong music festival with performances by roots rock & Americana band The Leftovers (noon), local fingerstyle guitarist Eric Moore (1 p.m.), bluegrass band Wayward Mission (1:30 p.m.), kid-friendly band the Murphatonians (2:15 p.m.), contra dance band Hotline Strings (3 p.m.), local pop-folk singer-songwriter Mike Gentry (3:45 p.m.), local improvisational folk-rock-soul trio The Cloudbuilders (4:30 p.m.), local Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas (5:15 p.m.), the local blues- and funk-inflected folk-rock band Colin Murphy & Anna Lee's Company (6 p.m.), beatboxer Jacob Gibson (6:45 p.m.), and the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music and folk-rock sextet Bird Into Bear (7:30 p.m.).
Noon-9 p.m., 6090 Plymouth Rd. Free (donations accepted for Food Gatherers). (810) 240-3117. [map]

 3-6 p.m. 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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July 6 & 20. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. The band hosts a similar jam at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on July 17, 7-9 p.m.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Music Series on the Deck!: Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We're continuing our summer music on the deck series every Saturdaysfrom 4 to 7!
Enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, some delicious food and great music! Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the pint or 10 oz. "shortie". We have several deliciously unique flatbread pizzas too!
No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.
This event is rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move it inside!
July 6th - Larry Sumner and Brianna Jennett
July 13th - Simon Sundberg and Tangerine Park (Logan Schatz & Brianna Jennett)
July 20th - The Bluebirds and Robbie Janz
July 27th - Dan Bickel and The Feisty Leprechauns
August 3,10, 17 and 24 TBA
August 31 - Dan Bickel
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. [map]

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"That 70's Night!": Unity Vibration.

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It's time for big collars and disco fever! We will rock a 70's playlist, and do our best John Travolta impressions. Join Us!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. [map]



July 2019
 Noon-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 18-21. Live music and other performances. Today:

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage: acoustic musician Kirk Brown (noon), Arts in Motion dance ensemble (1 p.m.), local indie folk duo Beach Daisy (2 p.m.), local indie folk singer-songwriter Mary Collins (3 p.m.), young Detroit singer-pianist Izzy Wallace (4 p.m.).

Noon-4:30 p.m., downtown. Free.

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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July 14 & 28. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 27 copies. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on July 21, a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques (Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.).
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 973-7791. [map]

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